In the spirit of things

In the spirit of things
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First Published: Wed, Jan 27 2010. 01 15 AM IST
Updated: Fri, Jan 29 2010. 05 54 PM IST
Lounge recently caught up with Björn Olsson, beverage consultant and ambassador of the popular vodka brand Absolut, at Smoke House Grill in the Capital.
In the accompanying video, he speaks about the vodka experience, how the drink tastes best, what ingredients mix best with it and tips and tricks for vodka cocktails.
Here are two cocktail recipes by Olsson:
Clooney
Ingredients
1 part (60ml) vodka
2 parts (120ml) soda
2-3 wedges of fresh lime
Method
Take a rocks glass. Fill halfway with ice cubes. Add one part vodka and two parts soda. Squeeze the wedges of lime on the drink. Toss the rind into the drink and, optionally, garnish with a sliced lemon wedge.
Red Basil
Ingredients
1 part (60ml) vodka
3-4 strawberries, whole
2-3 basil leaves
3tsp sugar syrup
3tsp lemon juice
Method
Muddle the basil leaves, lemon juice, sugar syrup and strawberries in a shaker. Pour vodka and fill the shaker with ice cubes. Shake the ingredients and double-strain into a cocktail glass. To enhance the basil flavour, rub a basil leaf around the rim of the glass. Garnish with a few leaves of basil and a strawberry.
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First Published: Wed, Jan 27 2010. 01 15 AM IST